Senior Director/Managing Director, Rights and Justice

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Rights and Justice
Staff reporting to this position: Director/Associate Director and/or Research Associates and Assistants
Department: Rights and Justice
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion - Level 8
Minimum compensation: $112,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress is dedicated to building a society that respects the rights and dignity of all people, provides equitable opportunity for everyone to fulfill their potential, and ensures everyone benefits from the collective strengths of the nation’s diversity. The Rights and Justice department’s Senior Director or Managing Director will lead key operations, serving as a deputy to the Senior Vice President in leading a dynamic department in driving research, messaging, and policy to advance and defend policies in areas ranging from criminal justice reform, disability justice, and gun violence prevention, to immigration policy, LGBTQI+ policy, and racial equity and justice.

This position is ideal for a candidate with a successful track record of managing and overseeing organizational operations who is committed to American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. The Senior Director or Managing Director will ensure department operations maximally strengthen CAP’s work in areas in which the department’s staff are most engaged, as well as support American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Strengthening health and ending the pandemic
  • Building an economy for all
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Restoring social trust in democracy


  • Partner with the Senior Vice President on strategic planning and execution of department policy, outreach, and advocacy agendas in alignment with American Progress’ five strategic priorities.
  • Assist with management of the Rights and Justice department staff.
  • In concert with other supporting elements of American Progress, oversee the department’s general operations, administration, and budget.
  • With the Senior Vice President, provide editorial oversight of the department’s written products.
  • Represent the department to press, policymakers, academics, and other outside stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.
  • At least 10 years of political, government, or nonprofit management and operations experience is required.
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing complex projects and departments and leading diverse teams.
  • Demonstrated excellence in research, editing, writing, and analytic ability in order to provide guidance and mentoring to staff at all levels.
  • Excellent judgement in navigating complex issues and making difficult decisions.
  • Highly effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly skilled at multitasking and prioritizing appropriately to ensure timely and professional execution of department objectives.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well on a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress provides a competitive compensation and benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $112,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

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